Steve Brooks has officially taken over as the Editor-In-Chief of the San Quentin News. He is an award-winning journalist who started his career at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Summer of 2020. He has written for numerous publications, including Sports Illustrated and The Nation. He is a contributing writer for the Prison Journalism Project and is also associated with Empowerment Avenue. Steve has also assumed many job titles at San Quentin News, including Journalism Guild Chair and Wall City Magazine Manager, showing his tireless work and dedication towards fulfilling the mission of the organization.
Quote from Steve: “Why I do what I do is simple, I want incarcerated people who are doing the work of positive transformation and rehabilitation to be both seen and heard. By highlighting these people, it inspires incarcerated people to want to do the work as well. That’s how we help increase public safety and achieve social justice.”
What attracted you to work for SQ News?
The San Quentin News has been instrumental in helping me find my purpose and recognize my value. I read stories about social justice issues and rehabilitation and I wanted to be a part of that culture.
What was your first day on the job like?
My first day on the job was like joining a family. The collaboration working with other incarcerated men who are like minded, gives me a sense of community. Working for the San Quentin News allows me to give back to the community and give a voice to those who don’t have one.
What do you do?
As Managing Editor, I contribute to the narrative from the inside population not just at San Quentin, but prisons around the world. I help manage stories from staff writers and assist the Layout department with creating the monthly issues of the SQNewspaper.
How does working for SQ News play into your rehabilitation?
There was a time in the beginning of my incarceration where I did not feel valued or have any determination. Today, I am here to share that newly found value with the world.
In 2020, Juan Moreno Haines was awarded the Fielding A. Dawson Prize in the Fiction Category by PEN America Prison Writing Program. He also won a PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship and a Marvel Cooke Fellowship from ShadowProof. The California News Publishers Association awarded him a first place prize for coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic fallout and fifth-place prize for covering COVID-19 pandemic profiles. He has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalist since 2015. In 2017, the SPJ awarded him a Silver Heart for being a voice for the voiceless. He is a co-founder of Humans of San Quentin, a social media project aimed at giving incarcerated folks their own voice to the outside world. HoSQ was launched in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown at San Quentin State Prison.
He has written for San Quentin News, Solitary Watch, Street Spirit, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, The Appeal, Earth Island Journal, Community Alliance, The Science for the People, El Tecolote, 48 Hills, Literary Hub, East Bay Times, Cal Matters, Oakland Post, California Prison Focus, LA Progressive, Witness LA, ShadowProof, Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Above the Law, and Life of the Law.
He is a 42-year-old youth offender who grew into a journalist. He covers the sporting events inside of San Quentin, capturing the competitive interactions between the inside and outside community.
He is also a Criminal and Gang Anonymous graduate under the ‘Renewal of the Natural Self’ class. He learned Restorative Justice and other forms of community healing from the self-help group Alliance for Change. His goal is to provide healing through words and art.
The San Quentin News has been instrumental in helping me find my purpose and recognize my value. My first day on the job was a collaboration with other incarcerated men who are like-minded giving me a sense of community and purpose in my life. As a staff writer, I contribute to a team of guys who give voice to the incarcerated population not just at San Quentin, but prisons around the world by sharing the experiences that rehabilitative programs have had on my life. There was a time at the beginning of my incarceration when I did not feel valued or have any determination. Today, I am here to share that value with the community.
“The San Quentin News has been instrumental in helping me find my purpose and recognize my value. I utilize this platform to give back to the community and giving voice to those who does not have one.”
David joined the San Quentin News staff in August 2018. David enjoys writing, and hopes to make a positive contribution to the incarcerated community and beyond by advancing social justice with the SQ News team.
Before joining the SQ News, he spent his three years at San Quentin helping students in the bilingual Adult Basic Education classes learn English and math skills as a Teacher’s Aide with the Robert E. Burton Adult School. David also volunteers in Project R.E.A.C.H., tutoring students as they reach for educational achievement and change with help. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and cellular biology at U.C.S.D. and is currently renewing and broadening his formal education through coursework in the Prison University Project.
Hi, my name is Vincent O’Bannon, and I have been with SQNews since September 2019. I graduated from SQNews’ Journalism Guild in 2020. I have published nearly 100 stories on Criminal justice reform. I am currently Vice-Chairman of the Northern Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalist, and I am a facilitator for San Quentin’s Awareness Into Domestic Abuse (AIDA) Program.
I am working on an AA degree at Mt. Tamalpais College, and aside from my prison endeavors, I am a board member for Concrete Rose Trucking, LLC, and Co-founder of Concrete Rose Truck Driver Training Correspondence School. I have been married to my wife Cynthia for 12 years, and I have four children by a previous marriage and nine grandchildren. Writing allows me to be expressive in ways that helps me to face the challenges of my day.
I discovered my passion for writing at a very young age. I have been utilizing my writing platform throughout my life. Working for the SQNews team has been such a relief for me because life behind bars can really be challenging. The strength that overcomes me when I write gives me the ability to obtain solace, especially during times of despair.
Timothy Hicks is a native of Oakland, California born in 1971. Tim began writing stories for San Quentin News through its Journalism Guild where he covered sports and other news; a year later, he joined the San QuentinNews team as a staff writer. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a certified Micro Soft literacy graduate, and is currently enrolled in the Prison University Project to earn his AA degree.
Before incarceration, Tim wrote journals to document his daily life. He has written short stories, rap, and poetry. He self-published the urban novel Brothas From Anotha Motha: a fictional tale of characters portraying a lifestyle he once knew. Authored, Timothy (T-Bone) Hicks.
He re-kindled his passion for journalism when he arrived at San Quentin. Since then, he has evolved not only as a writer, but also in his personal growth. He’s part of a team of men that conducts tours for outside visitors to give them the experience of what rehabilitated men in San Quentin State Prison life is like. Tim believes, “ It is an opportunity to change the perspective of those who might view inmates with a negative stigma.”
I’m 40 years old and I’m from Los Angeles, California. Approximately seven years ago I was at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo where I first read an issue of SQNews. Although I was amazed by what I saw it didn’t dawn on me that that was the seed that birth my quest to get to Quentin. Later on, I read in USA TODAY about a revolutionary computer coding class called Code 7370 that San Quentin was offering to its residents. A year or so later, I saw a profile piece on T.V. about a podcast called EarHustle, another revolutionary program at the “Q”. I thought to myself, ”Man, these guys are making it happen up there. I have to get there somehow.” But let me tell you, the journey was not an easy one. I had a lot of growing pains to go through that I won’t bore you with. Let’s just say that I finally had to realize the most important lesson in this journey: it’s not always about me.
My first day on the job was a very humbling experience. It was the first time in a long time that I didn’t feel alone in prison. I realized in that instance that this paper is an institution and that I’ve been imbued with a responsibility and duty to help advance voices of people like me who are incarcerated.
Staff writer. However, my other job responsibilities are as Lead Video Editor for SQNews Presents: The Pulse—In-depth Interviews and CJN (Criminal Justice News). My first day on the job was a very humbling experience.
“For the first time in my life I feel like I am a part of the solution instead the problem. My mother said she is proud of me. It has the first time in my life I have ever heard her say that to me. The most important lesson in this journey is not about me. That is what SQNews has done for me.”
Andrew Hardy grew up in Santa Rosa, California. He first learned to love writing when he won the Young Writers Award as a third-grader at Roseland Elementary. He continued to excel in writing projects and assignments through high school and college. At age 19, he wrote Hardy’s Guide to Distance Education and External Degrees, a short book for incarcerated that was published with the help of students from Stanford University. He is now a student at Mount Tamalpais College. He began writing articles for San Quentin News in 2020, submitting hand-written stories from his cell during the Coronavirus pandemic. He officially joined the staff in early 2021 as a layout designer, learning the craft from SQN veteran Phoeun You and outside adviser Sarah Horowitz. He was elected to the Editorial Board in late 2021 and is the lead designer for both San Quentin News and Wall City magazine. He continues to write and edit for both publications, and is currently developing the organization’s Layout Design Handbook and Training Guide.
His ongoing goal is to design award-worthy designs for both San Quentin News and Wall City. He hopes to continue working in journalism and graphic design upon his release. In his spare time he enjoys writing music on his hand-me-down acoustic guitar.
Staff Writer, Lead Editor for SQNews’ Criminal Justice News (CJN) segment. CJN is our latest endeavor, transforming our newspaper into Video format. “Through their involvement in every facet of rehabilitation, the employees who work at SQNews have given me a better understanding on how rehabilitation works in real time. In my opinion, San Quentin News is second to none in the arena of rehabilitation.”
Staff writer Joshua Strange is dedicated to quality journalism and is passionate about restorative justice. He hopes to someday help bring better balance to the criminal justice system and work on crime prevention and promoting effective alternatives to punitive incarceration. In addition to journalism, he is pursuing a business administration degree and plays sports, while also struggling to co-parent from prison.
Dao L. Ong is an incarcerated journalist serving a sentence of 104 years to life. Prior to coming to San Quentin he was at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility and served as custodian for the Healthcare Facility Maintenance. He was a part of the front line crew dealing with the COVID pandemic that ravaged through the California Prison System.
He officially joined the San Quentin News staff in January 2022, as a layout designer. He has written several articles and contributes in photography. His ongoing goal is to design award-worthy newspapers and magazines. In his spare time he enjoys doing callisthenic workouts and cooking.
Former Sports Writer
Rahsaan Thomas writes Sports and other stories for San Quentin News. He also co-founded Prison Renaissance with Emile DeWeaver. He’s a contributing writer for the Marshall Project and he believes in Restorative Justice. The Brooklyn, New York native has two sons, but no wife.
“On streets I sought power through things outside myself. In prison, through writing, I’ve found my power and purpose inside myself.” –Rahsaan Thomas
Former Website Manager & Staff Writer
Michael Johnson paroled in 2020.
Michael Johnson started with the San Quentin News in March of 2019. He is very active at San Quentin, participating in many prison programs. Those programs include: Alcoholics Anonymous, Marin Shakespeare, Quentin Cooks, Over-Comers, The Work, and Al-Anon. He has also completed the following groups: E.L.I.T.E. and Coalition for Justice. Michael is an active member of the Thousand Mile Running Club at San Quentin, in which he is training for his second Marathon.
Since Michael has been incarcerated he has earned an A.A. degree in Business from Coastline Community College, a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Business Administration and Legal Studies, from Adams State University. Moreover, Michael has recently obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Adams State University, graduate fall 2019. Upon release from prison Michael hopes to put his education to good use, find a challenging job, stay connected with God, start a family and live a simple, clean life.
Former Associate Editor
Kevin D. Sawyer is an African American native of San Francisco, California, born in 1963. He has written numerous unpublished short stories, memoirs, essays, poems and journals on incarceration and other subjects. Some of his work has appeared in Street Spirit, Oakland Post, California Prison Focus, San Francisco Chronicle,The Life of the Law, 580 Split, The Pioneer,Brothers in Pen anthologies, Iron City Magazine, Wall City, San Francisco Bay View, and the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.
Sawyer is the associate editor for San Quentin News (www.sanquentinnews.com) and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). He’s a 2019 PEN America Honorable Mention in nonfiction, a 2016 recipient of The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and he was on the News team that won SPJ’s 2014 James Madison Freedom of Information Award.
Prior to incarceration, Sawyer worked 14 successive years in the telecommunications industry for several corporations. He is a certified electrician through the National Center for Construction Education and Research and a practiced guitar and piano player. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a special broadcasting option from California State University, Hayward, and a Diploma as a paralegal from Blackstone Career Institute. He is currently working on a novel.
Former Journalism Guild Chairperson
As a child born in San Francisco and raised throughout the Bay Area, Joe Garcia first looked at San Quentin in only one light—as a prison for California’s worst criminals. It took his own incarceration and years of personal experience within the system to see San Quentin for what it truly is today—a vibrant and thriving community fueled by integrity, compassion, vulnerability and hope.
SQNews and its mission of advancing social justice mean far more to Garcia than simply a job or a career. For him, it’s a lifestyle, a part of his soul. As Journalism Guild Chairperson, he learns valuable life lessons daily from the Guild Writers he mentors. They often look to him as some sort of authoritative figure, which always surprises him—because he prefers to see himself as simply one of them, just one incarcerated voice amongst many.
Reporting on the community around him, Garcia often feels overwhelmingly inspired by the things he sees and hears with his own eyes and ears—the incredible stories that scream to be told. It’s an immense privilege, honor and responsibility that Garcia holds sacred as he continues to gain profound insights into the resiliency of the human spirit.
Former Staff- SQN Fellow
My name is Javier Jimenez and I am a 42 year old Mexican- American male currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. Although I have immersed myself in education through college and vocational programs, for which I am grateful and appreciative of, it was not until I was afforded the opportunity to become the photographer for the San Quentin News that I found my passion addressed.
Making pictures through the lens of a camera is something I find amazingly fulfilling. Recording moment, memories, and scenery, is like being able to carve out a little piece of history as I have seen it, allowing me to share it with the world. I love to learn about photography through reading, but when the camera is in my hands and I’m looking through the view finder thinking of light, speed, and composition, I come to life. In addition, I see photography as great way to pay back my community and help troubled youth. I feel as though if I was able to find my passion through photography, some of the troubled youth in my community may be able to find their passion through a viewfinder as well. By teaching youth surrounded by negative influences the beauties of photography I believe I will produce a positive outlet and give them something to focus on other than the ugliness that may surround them. PHOTOGRAPHY IS MY CALLING!
Former Staff- SQN Fellow
Richard Alexander Richardson, also known as Bonaru, was born February 7, 1973, in East Los Angeles California. He spent part of his childhood and adolescence living in Modesto California, where he volunteered with the youth playing activities at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park.
He earned his A.A. degree in general studies at Patten University and vocation trade as an Offset Operator from Robert E. Burton Adult School. Bonaru is now the Executive Editor and serves on the San Quentin News editorial board.
Bonaru enjoys bragging about his amazing children, beautiful grandchildren and wonderful wife La-Keesha Richardson. If Bonaru were to be release from prison anytime soon he would become a truck driver like his three brothers and start a truck driving company that would help employ ex-offenders upon their release.
Aaron Showtime Taylor has been a sports writer since developing his own sports page at Centinela State Prison in 2007. When he arrived at San Quentin State Prison in December 2011, within a year, he was on staff covering sports for San Quentin News.
“I’m a play by play announcer, so I get to know everyone who’s involved with sports at the facility. It’s easier to find those human interest stories within the sporting community by knowing all the athletes. Telling other peoples’ stories through the paper is something that I enjoy doing, getting into their personal story.” Taylor wrote for San Quentin News Sports from Jan. 2013- Nov. 2014, and currently from March 2019 when he became the paper’s sports editor.
Taylor has received accolades from several major news media organizations, including ESPN, Fox Sports, Heist Projects, San Francisco Chronicle, the online magazine theathletic.com as well as LIVE LAW and has been a part of several audio projects with NPR and KQED. As the ‘Voice of San Quentin Sports,’ has also worked with ABC sports show host Larry Biel and several professional sports stars of all genres that have entered San Quentin to take part in various sporting events, and is also featured in the sports documentary Q Ball. He is also looking forward to working with the Golden State Warriors Basketball team and has secured a job upon his release with the Pittsburg Diamonds, an independent professional baseball team in Northern California.
Former Staff - SQN Fellow
Jesse Vasquez started as a staff writer for the San Quentin News, and then served as the managing editor before being promoted to editor in chief. He continued in the footsteps of his predecessors Arnulfo T. Garcia and Richard Richardson who believed in altering the stereotypes of the incarcerated, prison conditions, and policies by highlighting that change is possible when given the opportunity, resources, and support.
He was serving multiple life terms for attempted murder until August 17, 2018 when Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence to 15 years to life.
He was found suitable for parole by the Board of Prison Terms on February 5th 2019.
Former Staff - Managing Editor - SQN Fellow
Jonathan Chiu is 36 years old and was born in Hong Kong, China. His family emigrated to the United States in 1990.
He was hired in December 2015 as a layout designer where he began creating original crossword puzzles. He is an avid runner and has completed 3 San Quentin 1000 Mile Club Marathons and is featured in the upcoming documentary called 26.2 to Life directed by Christine Yoo. He shared his experience with the Marshall Project called The Time in I Ran a Marathon in Prison.
He is a stand-up comic and was starred in the radio broadcast Introverted Comedian on 91.7 KALW.org
Former Staff- SQN Fellow
I have been in prison for 27 years. During this time, I never found an opportunity to do something I could be passionate about. I arrived to San Quentin State Prison on 2013. I had a few different prison jobs before I was invited to join the SQ News team as a layout designer and staff writer.
At first, I struggled a bit, but the camaraderie of my co-workers supported me as I learned our SQ News objectives. I have worked to support rehabilitative efforts to increase public safety and achieve social justice and to be the voice of those who don’t have the opportunity to shout out their needs to be heard. This also helped me understand that I have the obligation, as a member of society, to be part of this movement.
Now, being part of the SQ News gives me the opportunity to do just that – support the voice of those who want to be heard. I am grateful and a proud member of the SQ News family.
David B. Le
David B. Lê is a Vietnamese refugee who immigrated to the United States and resided in Oakland, California in 1990. At age 21, he committed murder and was sentenced to 40 years and two life terms. While incarcerated, David earned an Associate’s Degree, completed numerous rehabilitation programs, e.g., Non-Violent Communication, Victim Awareness, Restorative Justice and Alternative to Violence. He practices what he learned in his daily interactions with other incarcerated men, staff and volunteers. In 2016, David gave a TEDx talk on Second Chances at San Quentin State Prison. In 2018, David received a commutation from California Governor Jerry Brown.
Currently, he is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, supports the San Quentin News with its operation, and is a member of the Editorial Board. He also volunteers as a tutor and teacher’s assistant in various voluntary education programs and community events, e.g. TRUST’s Annual Health Fair, San Quentin’s Day of Peace, food sales, criminal justice forums. He enjoys journaling, origami and bar exercise.
Tommy Winfrey is an award-winning writer, and several San Quentin offices display his art. Art helped me see that even though there are constants hemmed by the rules of life, there is always room for creativity. Paint flows off the brush a certain way. It obeys the law of physics. But even with that, there are ways to create and make the paint do what you want."
For several years, Winfrey wrote for the San Quentin News. Two stories stood out for him — one was on eugenics. “I honestly believe that eugenics have not ended in this country. Modern-day corrections has ensured that segments of the population do not propagate.” The second story was on the prison graveyard. He talked about what motivated him to write it: “I felt that nobody cared about the bodies that lie on that hill and someone should.”
Former Staff - Web Manager - SQN Fellow
Starting at the Journalism Guild, a Staff Writer and former Managing Editor, Wayne most recently served as the Web Manager. A fifth generation Californian and inmate serving 92 months for gross negligent vehicular manslaughter at San Quentin State Prison. Wayne is active in many prison programs including the Prison University Project.
Wayne sees the San Quentin News staff as having a fundamental understanding of cognitive, social and cultural processes that impact and transform individuals from normal to dysfunctional - resulting in criminal activity. By recognizing we are all physical psychological and socio-cultural, then encouraging cross-level coherence, our staff seeks to publish a newspaper that inspires transformation. The San Quentin News is an objective news platform that reports on prison life and the criminal justice system. We are a news source that seeks to inspire change in the inmate population and report on efforts to formulate a rational and consensual criminal justice system.
Former Staff - SQN Fellow
Kenny Brydon was a former Editor-in-chief of the San Quentin News. He paroled in 2017.
Malik Harris was a staff writer and became Editor-in-chief in 2016.
Born on Thanksgiving Day in Los Angeles. Joined the United States Air Force after high school. Three years, eleven months and thirteen days later, he’s honorably discharged. He enrolled in junior college, graduated in two years with an Associated Arts degree, and received a scholarship and a English degree from California State University Los Angeles. Received his law degree from La Salle University and a doctorate from Orion University.
He spent 17 years as a senior system analyst for several Fortune Five Hundred corporations including an assignment with H. Ross Perot’s Electronic Data Systems; spent two years in the House of Representatives as staff assistance for the late Congressman Augustus Hawkins.
Arrested in 2004 and sentenced 17-years to life. He arrived at San Quentin in 2012. And in 2017, Mr. Henry received a commutation from Governor Brown and paroled from San Quentin State Prison.
Emile DeWeave was a San Quentin News staff writer. He also co-founded Prison Renaissance with Rahsaan Thomas.
Emile DeWeaver was serving a life sentence for a murder he committed at 19-years-old had his sentence commuted to time served and was released on parole in 2018.
We grow up with thinking errors about value and being rejected/isolated. It’s about connecting with strategies that support change in safe places. There needs to be places to nurture. I didn’t need to come to prison to change my life – that’s where I changed, but the same interventions that work so well at San Quentin should’ve been available to me when I was being thrown out of junior high school.
Wesley Eisiminger was born in Van Nays California in August 1946. After graduated high school in 1965, Eisiminger enlisted with a friend in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam. He was seriously wounded in action and spent the rest of his enlistment in and out of hospitals.
Married in 1967, Eisiminger has a son, daughter, and two grandsons. He divorced in 1982 after 16 years of marriage. He attended trade schools and college after his service. His main study was Engineering Design and later worked in multiple companies for their engineering departments, eventually becoming a Chief Engineer and later a Vice President. In August of 1999, Eisiminger, a first time offender, was sentenced to life. When he came to San Quentin in 2013 he became a part of the Journalism Guild and eventually worked his way to becoming a Staff Writer.
Former Staff - SQN Fellow
Eddie Herena was born and raised in San Jose, California and comes from a large family. San Quentin, he has afforded him opportunity to participate in various self-help groups and he is a recent PUP graduate, class of 2017. Aside from the pleasure he finds in learning, Mr. Herena found a new passion, photography. He plans on sticking with the art once released.
What he appreciates about working for the San Quentin News is the opportunity to humanizing prisoners through the lens. "Often times people in the free world lose sight of our humanity. My job is to make sure they see our humanity." -Eddie D. Herena
“Time runs and flows and only death can stop it. The photograph is a blade that captures one dazzling instant in eternity” (Henri Cartier-Bresson).
Michael Harris a former San Quentin News Editor.
After 23½ years in federal and state prisons, Michael R. Harris was released from San Quentin State Prison on Oct. 11, 2011 and was met at the gate by two federal marshals. a. He has been active in numerous self-help organizations and was a leader in resurrecting the San Quentin News 3 ½ years ago. Harris, once known as Harry O. on the streets of Los Angeles and in the music world, received 25 years to life for attempted murder and drug-related charges.
Samuel Hearnes was both a tour guide and SQ NEWS employee who paroled in 2018.
Curtis Roberts has served 24 years in prison. The story of his life has been highly publicized in such shows and magazines like: Earhustle’s podcast titled “LEFT BEHIND” , “E.S.P.N.” sports magazine and HBO’s real sports with Bryant Gumble. “PBS” featured him in their Prop.57 airing. Ted Koppel interviewed Curtis here at San Quentin for the Sunday morning CBS show.
His main service for over ten years has been speaking with the public as they tour S.Q. – He enjoys being the face and voice for the mass incarcerated. You can often find him in his leadership role teaching other inmates public speaking.
Curtis’s greatest prison moment is when a group of high school students came to the prison ages fifteen, to seventeen . On this particular day, this little girl, after hearing Curtis’ Earhustle story, asked if she could talk with him. Curtis intently listened while she confessed a secret, she too (like Curtis) had been raped and had become suicidal just like he had. By the end of their tour of San Quentin, she promised to reveal her secret to her parents. In parting, she asked him for a hug and then she stated she had a gift for him – she wanted to give him a puppy. It is empowering moments like those that make up who Curtis is as a human being.
For nearly three years, since March of 2013, I have enjoyed contributing to the San Quentin News with my OG’s Perspective column, glad to let my son Larry Jr. pinch-hit occasionally. Arnulfo likes to encourage the newspaper staff to “move forward.” That’s what I’m going to do, with a focus on my family that is so dear to me and to completion of my memoir.
This newspaper has previously reported on the life and untimely death of former editor Arnulfo T. Garcia. However, Garcia was much more than editor of the San Quentin News (SQN), he was a towering visionary and dreamer.
Arnulfo was born July 27, 1952. He was 65 when he died September 23, 2017 in a car crash a few short months after his release.
Under the guidance of Garcia, the San Quentin News transitioned from being a reporter of news to being a source of news. Through the News forums, Garcia was able to let criminal justice decision makers experience the results of their decisions.
Marisa Rodriguez, prosecutor and director of community relations for San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. “Arnulfo has been able to impact the lives and thoughts of a great many people working in the criminal justice system. He has directly shifted the mindset of prosecutors for many jurisdictions throughout the country, who after meeting Arnulfo want to bring members from their office into the prison. He has worked with judges, politicians, and lawyers to shed light on improving the way we approach and look at mass incarceration, rehabilitation, juvenile justice and reentry.”